St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has reflected on the first round of league games and admits it has been “tough” on his side trying to cope with the league fixtures as well as their early European exertions.

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The Saints take on Dundee United this afternoon and Davidson is hoping they can get some more points on the board as they start the second round of fixtures with ten points from eleven games.

While Davidson confessed the European games made things harder, he was quick to celebrate the fact Saints are in another Scottish League Cup semi-final, no doubt aiming to replicate last season’s historic cup double.

“It’s been tough, with the European fixtures added in. We are in the semi-final of a national trophy again, which is an unbelievable achievement,” the St Johnstone boss said.


“The European games mixed in with the league games made it very difficult and the resulting factor is we have had a lot of injuries since then. It’s been a knock-on effect.

“The best word to use is tough, but encouraging. There have been some young players coming through and getting better every week. We have got Cammy MacPherson, Murray Davidson and Craig Bryson back, Ali Crawford in the team. The other one I need to get in the team is Eetu Vertainen.

“The young centre-halves are progressing really well.

“So it’s all positive on that side. We would all say we would like a few more points on the board and we are going to try and start that on Saturday.”

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